MoMA Film Exhibition: Maya Deren’s Legacy
Film still from Meshes in the Afternoon
Maya Deren’s Legacy: Women and Experimental Film, is a retrospective exhibition at the MoMA, which examines Deren as a visionary female experimental filmmaker, and the indelible influence she’s had on other women directors.
After college, Deren worked with dancer/choreographer Katherine Dunham, where she developed her interest in dance and spirituality. Deren captured several hours of footage of Haitian ceremonial dances, but the project was never completed when she unexpectedly died at the age of 44. The edited footage, titled Divine Horsemen, was released posthumously. It was during Deren’s time with Dunham that she met her future husband, Alexander Hammid, who introduced her to European avant-garde film. The couple collaborated on Deren’s first and best well-known film, Meshes in the Afternoon.
This exhibition will screen Meshes in the Afernoon, and other works by Deren. The exhibition consists of a video installation in the Theater Galleries and short-film programs in the theaters.
Maya Deren’s Legacy: Women and Experimental Film
May 15-October 18, 2010
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019